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Nogaro Blancpain Sprint: Bleekemolen tops frantic qualifying session


Jeroen Bleekemolen topped a frantic Blancpain Sprint Series qualifying session at Nogaro.

The Grasser Lamborghini driver dispatched early pacesetter Laurens Vanthoor in Q3 with four minutes to go, with a lap of 1m25.046s.

That time sent a stunned Vanthoor back to the pits without a response, just over a tenth down on Bleekemolen.

The two WRT Audi cars rounded out the top three spots, with Vanthoor beating Q2 pacesetter Rene Rast, who could only get within four tenths of the eventual session leader.

Peter Kox led the Pro-Am category in his Blancpain Racing Lamborghini, closely followed by the three Audis of Markus Winkelhock, Gregory Guilvert and Marc Basseng.

Caca Bueno was the highest placed BMW in ninth after a disappointing session.

Former Formula 1 driver Nelson Piquet followed team-mate Bueno to complete the top 10.

Racing returnee Alex Zanardi had a positive debut with a 12th and 11th place finish in Q1 and Q2, and narrowly missed out on a place in the final shootout. He will start 14th on the grid.

Mateusz Lisowski was the highest placed Silver Cup driver in 13th in the third WRT Audi entry.

Pos Drivers                  Team/Car                Time       Gap
 1. Proczyk/Bleekemolen      Grasser Lamborghini     1m25.046s
 2. Vanthoor/Ramos           WRT Audi                1m25.178s  +0.132s
 3. Rast/Ide                 WRT Audi                1m25.455s  +0.409s
 4. Hayek/Kox                Blancpain Lamborghini   1m25.487s  +0.441s
 5. Winkelhock/Mayr-Meinhof  Phoenix Audi            1m25.601s  +0.555s
 6. Guilvert/Ortelli         G-Drive Audi            1m25.788s  +0.742s
 7. Latif/Basseng            Phoenix Audi            1m25.788s  +0.742s
 8. Buhk/Goetz               HTP Mercedes            1m26.012s  +0.966s
 9. Bueno/Jimenez            Team Brasil BMW         1m26.038s  +0.992s
10. Piquet/Stumpf            Team Brasil BMW         1m26.122s  +1.076s
11. Dusseldorp/Afanasiev     HTP Mercedes            1m26.317s  Q1
12. Montermini/Salaquarda    Villorba Ferrari        1m26.391s  Q1
13. Lisowski/Abril           WRT Audi                1m26.393s  Q1
14. Zanardi                  ROAL BMW                1m26.401s  Q2
15. Colombo/Fumanelli        ROAL BMW                1m26.595s  Q2
16. Halek/Enge               Grasser Lamborghini     1m26.716s  Q1
17. Toril/Bastian            Fortec Mercedes         1m26.751s  Q2
18. Hetherington/Ebrahim     Fortec Mercedes         1m26.761s  Q1
19. Onidi/Pantano            Bhaitech McLaren        1m27.180s  Q1
20. Pentus/Lloyd             Bhaitech McLaren        1m27.216s  Q2

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